All-New Kia Borrego Latest Entry in Midsize SUV Segment

Posted on 15. Jul, 2008 by in Kia Canada


Newest Addition Brings Strength, Luxury and Sophistication to
Ever-Expanding Kia Line-Up

• New midsize SUV presents a brood of facilities to a Kia choice
• Available V8 engine and six-speed involuntary delivery – firsts for Kia

CLE ELUM, Wash., Jul 15, 2008 – Having done a tellurian entrance progressing this year during a North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Kia Motors America (KMA) currently strictly launched a 2009 Borrego midsize SUV.  Borrego is one of a initial prolongation offerings formed off of a new pattern instruction Kia continues to betray by judgment vehicles including a Kue, KND-4, Kee and KOUP.  Given a candid and purify look, Borrego is dictated for those who suffer an active nonetheless simple lifestyle.

Outstanding Performance and Capabilities

Borrego is charity with a DOHC, all-aluminum 3.8-liter V6 as good as Kia’s first-ever DOHC 4.6-liter V8 engine, also all-aluminum; both engines are some-more absolute than any in Kia’s line to date.  While a V6 produces a rival 276 horsepower during 6,000 rpm with 267 pound-feet of torque during 4,400 rpm, a all-new V8 generates a class-leading¹ 337 horsepower during 6,000 rpm with 323 pound-feet of torque during 3,500 rpm – some-more absolute than a Toyota 4Runner, Nissan Pathfinder, Honda Pilot, Ford Explorer, Chevrolet Trailblazer, Jeep Grand Cherokee and GMC Acadia.  Borrego runs on unchanging unleaded fuel compared to a Pathfinder, that requires reward unleaded.  Both engines also are accessible in possibly two-wheel expostulate (2WD) or four-wheel expostulate (4WD).

With class-leading towing of 7,500 pounds when partnered to a V8, and 5,000 pounds with a V6, a new midsize SUV offers unmatched capabilities for a weekend of camping or outward lifestyle activities.  Borrego models with 4WD underline a second era full-time Torque-on-Demand® complement from BorgWarner, that uses electronic sensors to guard highway conditions and discharge energy to a suitable wheels.  Improvements have been done to broach a quick response and a quieter operation.  The outcome is responsive, sure-footed opening in varying highway conditions, all of that is most seamless to motorist and passengers.

Combining a considerable horsepower and torque with a unique-to-Borrego and new-to-Kia six-speed involuntary delivery corresponding to a V8 engine, a midsize SUV is means to grasp best-in-class² fuel economy for an engine of a kind with an EPA rating of 15/22 city/highway for a V8 with 2WD and 15/20 city/highway for a 4WD – ideal for families on a go as good as for prolonged highway trips.  When a V6 is underneath a hood, Borrego is means to grasp rival fuel economy of 17/21 city/highway (2WD) and 16/21 city/highway (4WD).  

Borrego’s robust extraneous sits on a front double-wishbone and behind multi-link cessation matched with coil-over springs.  The front cessation integrates startle absorbers and a stabilizer bar, while a behind incorporates a check and stabilizer bar, providing an optimal roving experience, on- or off-road.  Borrego is built on a hydro-formed support structure that increases continuance and rigidity.  Improved fuel potency since of a lighter weight is a outcome of a hydraulic combining routine as against to normal welded press forming.  Its body-on-frame construction and insulated rubber ascent yield softened rebate in noise, vibration, and harshness, and assistance catch vibrations from a highway aspect and powertrain agreeable a smooth, still float for motorist and passengers. 

Powerful, Persuasive Exterior

Embodying a certain imperishable refinement, Borrego’s aggressive, far-reaching position evokes an picture of fortitude and strength while flared behind headlamps, an honest grille and chiseled hood devise a clever presence.  LED side perspective mirrors and chrome accents supplement to a discriminating look.  Contemporary front and behind fascias advise complicated oppulance while discretionary 18-inch amalgamate wheels offer increasing off-road capabilities, permitting consumers to live an enterprising life in character either it’s cruising around city or movement by a mountains. 
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Built on a height with a wheelbase of 114.0 inches, an altogether length of 192.3 inches and altogether breadth of 75.4 inches, Borrego stands wider and longer than a Chevy Trailblazer, Jeep Grand Cherokee and Toyota 4Runner.  Its far-reaching position allows for a roomy, gentle interior with customary 3 rows of seating for adult to 7 adult passengers.

Luxurious and Functional Amenities

Available in LX and EX trims, Borrego’s atmospheric cabin comes good versed with a slew of customary preference features, including:  atmosphere conditioning; energy doorway locks, windows and mirrors; keyless entry; journey control and an AM/FM/CD/MP3 six-speaker audio complement to keep a passengers entertained and comfortable.  Complementing a audio system, Borrego comes customary with USB and auxiliary submit jack and is a initial Kia automobile to offer SIRIUS Satellite Radio with 3 months of nominal use for hours of undeviating amusement³.

Adding even some-more excellence and upgrades, a EX trim turn includes an eight-way energy tractable driver’s seat, four-way energy tractable front passenger’s seat, building mats, dual-zone involuntary meridian control, Homelink® with compass, steering circle audio controls, outing computer, and a leather-wrapped steering circle and change knob.  The new midsize SUV also offers Kia’s initial voice-activated navigation system, with a Rear Seat Entertainment Package that includes an eight-inch widescreen radio (EX models) for newcomer party during prolonged automobile rides or around-town adventures.

With a EX trim level, consumers also are optioned with a Luxury and Premium Packages.  The Luxury Package includes:  nicely allocated leather seats; exhilarated front seats; energy lean and telescopic steering wheel; and memory settings for a driver’s seat, outward mirrors and steering wheel.  Progressing to a Premium Package includes all in a Luxury Package in further to a sunroof, a 10-speaker Infinity audio system, behind atmosphere conditioning with controls, regulating play and a behind camera arrangement for extended visible assistance.

In a fall, Borrego will offer a top-of-the-line, Limited trim turn in further to a LX and EX trims, that will come usually in a black monotone extraneous with black interior trim.  Exclusive facilities to a Limited book embody lift symbol start/smart key, Supervision™ scale cluster, energy tractable pedals, chrome accents on outward doorway handles and behind garnish, exhilarated second quarrel seats, Bluetooth®, Limited extraneous badging and building mats.  Limited trim also includes a Luxury and Premium package content, reduction a regulating boards.

With Borrego’s 156.8 cubic feet interior volume, it offers some-more room for a 7 passengers than Explorer, Pathfinder, 4Runner, Grand Cherokee and a all-new Pilot.  Depending on newcomer or motorist requirements, Borrego comes with a shifting second quarrel for easy accession and outlet to a third row, as good as fold-flat second and third quarrel seats to optimize load space, that measures an considerable 12.4 cubic feet with all seats utilized, 97.6 cubic feet with all seats folded flat.

Exceptional Standard Safety

Borrego ups a ante in safety, charity a same high turn of customary reserve apparatus as all Kia vehicles, including additional facilities disdainful to a midsize SUV.  Standard apparatus includes front modernized airbags, front chair mounted side airbags, full-length side-curtain airbags for all 3 rows and driver’s knee airbag (V8 models only), four-wheel front brakes with an antilock stop complement (ABS) including Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and traction control complement (TCS), electronic stop placement (EBD), stop support complement (BAS) and a tire vigour monitoring complement (TPMS).  Borrego’s technologies all work together to yield a technically worldly reserve package for a motorist and passengers.

Working with a customary ABS with ESC, EBD and TCS, a complement can request particular brakes selectively to control oversteer and understeer as indispensable to assistance a motorist say control on sleazy surfaces or during certain puncture maneuvers.  Being means to control any or all of a brakes allows a ESC complement to yield responsiveness, control and extended collision deterrence capabilities to assistance a driver, nonetheless ESC is not a surrogate for protected pushing procedures.

The TCS uses stop and engine torque involvement to raise traction during launch and acceleration on highway surfaces.  If a ABS complement detects circle slip, it signals a engine control section to adjust engine torque outlay accordingly.  TCS also senses when one or some-more wheels spin faster than a vehicle’s speed, and if this condition is benefaction it relates a brakes to that circle or wheels.  Working together, a dual systems extent circle spin and assistance a motorist say control.

A customary fill-in warning complement provides an heard warning regulating ultrasonic sensors to detect and assistance forestall attack hard-to-see objects.  Borrego also includes Hill Start Assist Control (HAC), that helps forestall a automobile from rolling back when perplexing to lift divided from an ascending gradient, as good as Downhill Brake Control (DBC), that helps keep a automobile relocating true and solid down high grades. Both functions are new to Kia.

Industry-Leading Warranty

Like all Kia models, Borrego is lonesome by a extensive guaranty program, that offers rare consumer protection.  Included in this module are a 10-year or 100,000-mile singular powertrain warranty, a five-year or 60,000-mile singular simple warranty, and a five-year or 100,000-mile anti-perforation warranty.  A five-year/60,000-mile roadside assistance devise is also partial of a extensive coverage program.

About Kia Motors America

Kia Motors America (KMA) is a sales, selling and placement arm of Kia Motors Corporation formed in Seoul, South Korea.  KMA offers a finish line of vehicles by some-more than 640 dealers via a United States.  For 2007, KMA accessible a 14th uninterrupted year of record U.S. sales.  Kia Motors subscribes to a truth of building high value, high quality, protected and energetic vehicles.  Kia Motors prides itself on producing vehicles that are sparkling and enabling and elicit a Kia tagline “The Power to Surprise.”

Kia Motors America is a “Official Automotive Partner of a NBA.”  Information about Kia Motors America and a full automobile choice is accessible during a Web site –  For media information, including photography, revisit

¹Compared to ‘08 midsize SUVs

²Borrego ‘09 EPA estimates compared to ‘08 EPA highway estimates for midsize SUVs with V8/2WD.  (Actual mileage might vary)

³Customers contingency replenish SIRIUS subscription after hearing duration if they wish to keep service.


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